International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Resettlement Support Center

More than two decades after Burmese refugees first began crossing into Thailand, poverty and violent conflict in Myanmar’s ethnic minority areas continue to drive people into camps along the border. Currrently the only option for refugees living in the camps to find a permanent home is resettlement in a third  country.  Since its opening in 2005, the Resettlement Support Center (formerly known as the Overseas Processing Entity) in the Thai capital Bangkok has assisted over 90,000 people seeking admission to the United States as refugees.

How We Help

The Resettlement Support Center helps refugees complete applications for consideration by U.S. officials and also gathers information for organizations in the U.S. that offer sponsorship to those granted admission. Through a multimedia campaign, the center educates refugees living in the camps about the possibility of resettlement to the U.S.

The Resettlement Support Center primarily assists refugees in Thailand but also assists asylum seekers in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia. The activities of the center are funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

Stories of Our Work